How To Be Successful

Kelsey Murray is the digital editor of American Salon Magazine. She attended Salve Regina University where she received a BA in English communications and film studies. She attended Northeastern University where she received a MA in journalism. She is the content creator behind her fashion and lifestyle blog, Tickle Me Pink (ticklemepinkstyle.blogspot.com). Kelsey is a lover of snail mail, chocolate and the color pink. She is currently shopping, dreaming and smiling in New York City.

As an arguably successful 24-year-old, I am a huge advocate for following dreams. Easier said than done, however. Throughout every job and internship I have truly come to understand and appreciate good work ethic. Without it, you’ll crumble. And I mean crumble.

Over the past 6 years I have held 8 internships and countless jobs (re: lifeguarding, babysitting and waitressing). Many of those internships have been in editorial, but I have dabbled in marketing, event planning, advertising and public relations. In order to narrow down what I wanted to do, I attempted many different jobs in my chosen industry.

The industry I am speaking of casts quite a large net. Yes, I’m looking at you communication majors! Communications can be a wonderful major, but with so many different jobs that fall under one umbrella, it can be hard to figure out what will suit you best. So before I begin, my biggest piece of advice: try it all, while you can. Not every opportunity will leave you happy and fulfilled, but at least you’ll figure out what you don’t want to do. And that is just as important as figuring out what you do want to do. Catch my drift?

Over time I have picked up some great work habits that have become second nature. Recently I’ve become an advice sponge: I absorb pieces of advice from advisors and peers and I apply that advice to my journey.
So what are some tried and true secrets that I have learned from the wonderful professionals who have mentored me?
Sleep on it
If you’re like me, you tend to get overwhelmed when you are headed for a big life change. As twenty-something’s it’s easy to say, “yes” to any and every opportunity. The intern/job market can be so competitive, but I want to remind you that you have a choice when it comes to your opportunities. If you are frustrated, upset, mad, scared or even elated – sleep on it. It will give you time to process the potential of the opportunities at hand.

Fall hard, fall fast, fall often
I am going to tell you right now that you will not succeed until you fail. I have failed many times – more than I have succeeded. It’s so important to fail. Yes, it’s going to be uncomfortable, disheartening and upsetting, but it’s also a gift. It teaches you to reassess a situation. Sometimes you just need to look at a situation with a different perspective. I can’t stress this piece of advice enough.

Keep a full deck
I’m a business card nerd and I admit it. Every single business card I receive goes into a small white box on the side of my desk. Whenever I am networking or browsing LinkedIn, I keep the cards close. I’ve realized that “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” So those business cards will come in handy when you least expect it.

Approach your career like you approach dating
I know your giggling, but think about it. It’s such a great piece of advice. When selecting a potential suitor you may go on many bad dates before finding the ideal guy. Think about your career this way! Some jobs may fit and others may not. Learning to navigate your likes and dislikes is incredibly important.

Every day
I have a ton of dreams. And technically they all focus around a common theme. I would love my blog to become super successful, but it’s not going to happen over night. So everyday I actively make it a point to further my success. Whether that means reaching out to brands, other bloggers or just writing to keep my craft active. Little by little one walks far.

Oh – and remember: keep your chin up. Nothing happens overnight.

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